Carry on

Carry on

The Rise and Fall of Simon Snow

Large Print - 2015
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Simon Snow is the worst Chosen One who's ever been chosen. That's what his roommate, Baz, says. And Baz might be evil and a vampire and a complete git, but he's probably right. Half the time, Simon can't even make his wand work, and the other half, he starts something on fire. His mentor's avoiding him, his girlfriend broke up with him, and there's a magic-eating monster running around, wearing Simon's face. Baz would be having a field day with all this, if he were here. It's their last year at the Watford School of Magicks, and Simon's infuriating nemesis didn't even bother to show up.
Publisher: Waterville, Maine : Thorndike Press, a part of Gale, Cengage Learning, 2015
Edition: Large print edition
Copyright Date: ©2015
ISBN: 9781410484161
1410484165
Characteristics: 701 pages (large print) : illustrations, map ; 23 cm
Additional Contributors: Rowell, Rainbow Fangirl
Call Number: LT Y ROWELL, R

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blazingbree
Apr 10, 2018

I really enjoyed this book! I thought that it was a nice homage to Harry Potter which also stepped outside the box and made its fantasy world unique. The beginning was a bit slow for me, but it's really good once it picks up.

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Voltron484
Apr 06, 2018

This is an amazing book, I fell in love with it from the beginning and now I own my own copy and read it over and over. I recommend this book to any fantasy, lgbt seekers.

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captainess
Mar 31, 2018

This is honestly the best book I've ever read. The plot is fantastic, the pacing is absolutely perfect, and the characters are so well-rounded. This book made me laugh, cry, get way too excited, and everything in between. I honestly from the bottom of my heart cannot say enough good things about "Carry On".

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TEENREVIEWBOARD
Mar 31, 2018

I have always been a big fan of Rainbow Rowell but I was iffy about her new book, Carry On. It's about this boy wizard named Simon Snow - the chosen one, the savior of the wizarding world - and his quest to fulfill his destiny while proving that his roommate and sworn enemy Baz Pitch is a vampire. Here's the twist, they secretly care for each other, maybe more than they should. It was a pleasant surprise to read it and enjoy. It wasn't a life-changing book and I wasn't expecting it to be because it's supposed to be an overall light-hearted book about love and destiny. None of the characters lacked any depth and while the world may share some similarities to the Harry Potter universe, it has its own uniqueness and originality that I really liked. Overall, an absolute joy to read. Rainbow Rowell has yet to fail me!
- @Spectacles of the Teen Review Board at the Hamilton Public Library

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cateatcatworld
Mar 17, 2018

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell is my current favorite of all her novels. It distinctly shows the development of a relationship, with the perfect amounts of surprise and shock factor. I will definitely be rereading this one later.

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rtrammell
Feb 23, 2018

This was overall a cute, fun, and adventurous book! The story dragged somewhat at times, but it's definitely a good read.

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TheArtGeek
Jan 01, 2018

Carry On by Rainbow Rowell is a story about Simon Snow; The chosen one. He is the only mage in the history of magick to be born among normals. The headmaster of Watford School of Magicks is drawn by Simons magickal energy and decides to school him. Little did the world of mages know that there was a magic-eating monster, The Insidious Humdrum that looks exactly like a 12-year-old Simon. Simon, now age 17, is going back to Watford to finish schooling. When he gets there, he is met with the absence of his roommate, Bastillion (Baz) Grimm-Pitch (Who he is sure is a vampire), and a supposedly cheating girlfriend. A few weeks into the school year, Simon gets a visiting from the ghost of Natasha Grimm-Pitch, who was the last headmaster at Watford and Baz’s mother. Natasha died of a vampire attack, Which was said to be the Humdrums doing, and came back to tell Baz to find her true killer. With Baz mysteriously gone, she tells Simon to pass the message. When Baz returns, Simon is reluctant to tell him about the visiting, but gives in and offers to help Baz find his mother’s real murderer.
The plot of Carry On is very complex, but quite original. This book definitely has to be read to fully understand the concept. Rowell’s characters are hard not to get attached to- especially with all the individual challenges each of the characters have to face. Each chapter is a new point of view, which makes things interesting; You get all of the characters inner thoughts. One of the best things about this book is its representation of a homosexual couple. Having two main characters develop a romantic relationship but not having the entire plot surround the characters sexuality is something not often done in books with LGBTQ+ themes.
I would recommend this book to anyone in the LGBTQ+ community, fantasy lovers and fans of J.K Rowling’s Harry Potter series. I would say the age to read this would be 13 and up because of graphic violence and profanity.

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mackenzie518
Jul 31, 2017

It did get a little confusing the during the third and fourth book. Mostly the fourth.

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JMetcalf2018
Jul 29, 2017

I really enjoyed this book.... I read it right after I finished Fangirl and I totally fell in love with Simon and Baz (even more than I was when I read Fangirl)
I love Rainbow Rowell's writing and this book doesn't disappoint.
It is similar to other fantasy stories (i.e. Harry Potter) but it stand on its own with its own story and ideas, so it's perfect - even if u haven't read Harry Potter (i haven't :)

Enjoy!

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mkarshe367
Jul 28, 2017

This book gave me life. If you ever shipped Harry Potter with Draco Malfoy, welcome to Carry On! This is my favorite book of all time, rivaled only by Aristotle and Dante discover the Secrets of the Universe. This is an AWESOME story of magic, power, rivalry, justice, mystery, romance, growing up, and simply carrying on. I wish this book never ended, like at ALL. I fell in love with Carry On back in Fangirl, and was downright THRILLED when this book came out. Rainbow Rowell is the best author ever, never shying away from harder, less talked about topics, and not shying away from ta cuss word here or there. I've read every one of her books so far, and can't wait for the next one. This book is worth your time, and don't give up in the middle. The plot twists will have you on the edge of your seat. Thank you so much Rainbow for writing this work of ART! Must read this book, like NOW people!

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Voltron484
Dec 30, 2017

"And a boy in my arms instead of a girl"

krtupper Jul 23, 2017

"You were the sun, and I was crashing into you."

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“He looks at my face and huffs, exasperated. "Baz, you're actually, literally the only thing I have to lose. So as long as doing gay stuff in public doesn't make you hate me, I don't really care."

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“Safety, stability--it's an illusion. It's a false god, Simon. It's like clinging to a sinking raft instead of learning to swim.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“I wind my fingers in his hair. It's thicker than mine, and curlier, and it shines golden in the firelight. There's a mole on his cheek that I've wanted to kiss since I was 12. I do.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“He shakes his head, and he's saying something, and I think I might kiss him. Because I've never kissed anyone before. (I was afraid I might bite.) And I've never wanted to kiss anyone but him. (I won't bite. I won't hurt him.) I just want to kiss him, then go. "Simon...," I say. And then he kisses me.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“I lean into him, because I'm cold and he's always warm. And because I like to remind him that I'm not afraid of him.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“The front seat is for people who've never been kidnapped by bloody numpties. Jesus Christ, Baz.

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“I think I might kiss him. He's right here. And his lips are hanging open (mouth breather) and his eyes are alive, alive, alive.”

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

“He’s a book full of footnotes brought to life. He’s a jacket made of elbow patches.”

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Jul 29, 2017

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Aug 20, 2016

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cindyzhang1
Aug 30, 2016

Simon Snow in his final year at Watford.

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